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Initial post: Jan 20, 2008 5:34:55 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 7:57:33 PM PST
W. Nelson says:
B-man,

It's a long post, I'm busy right now and don't have time to read. But I will get to it...

I saw ya sittin' without a reply so I'm givin' ya a bump out of respect. (Ya owe me one...)

"The main thing is I AM HAPPY! Happier than i have ever been in my life!"

I'm happy for for B-man...

G-man

PS

You grow hooka too or just fruit & veggies?

I read you're comin' to LA. Wanna have lunch?...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 8:42:33 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 8:58:33 PM PST
I'm happy for you, man. You've found it all right. I've had a similar trip, only less extreme. Much less. And less institutional. Good for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 9:02:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2008 9:10:12 PM PST
A Pilgrim says:
Bohemian Man,

Thanks for sharing your testimony. I don't believe you've ever gone into such detail.

You know, if all I knew of Christianity was Pentacostalism, I'd probably renounce my "faith" as well. I know that what I just said may not sit well with some, and many may be extremely offended by it, but I wonder how so many can stay so devoted to something that is so obviously deceptive. I applaud you for your honesty at the time, but am saddened that you let it cause you to totally lose your faith in Christ.

You said you "left" Christianity, but I'm not sure you were ever really "in" it. Many people have had false conversions throughout the history of the Church. The Parable of the Sower is something I am sure you've read and had thrown at you many times, but it really is true. People really do appear to have faith for awhile and then just walk away from it, letting the "wisdom of the world" seduce them.

I am glad you are happy in this life, but feel compelled to remind you that this life is not all there is, and to pursue happiness only in this world, without God, has grave eternal consequences. As C.S. Lewis said, "Aim for Earth, excluding Heaven, and you get neither; aim for Heaven and you get Eternal Life, with Earth thrown in."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 10:11:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2008 10:15:03 PM PST
W. Nelson says:
B-man.

"I only drink milk and listen to Pat Boone records. O.k?"

BS

Ya got a Thorogood cassette and a bottle of Beam in there somewhere...

G-man

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 10:21:55 PM PST
Bohemian Man says:
Franklin B. Siegle,
thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 10:39:52 PM PST
Aquatic Ape says:
Bohemian Man, awesome post, really great. Looks like an outline for a great book, if you ask me. Write it and I, for one, will buy it.

If only young American people could bypass your, um interesting detour, and go directly to the place of wisdom you have attained.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 10:49:08 PM PST
W. Nelson says:
Word of "wisdom" from the Ape. What next?... Will hell freeze over too?...

G-man

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 10:51:05 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 11:13:41 PM PST
W. Nelson says:
B-man,

"I DID start a book but the publisher didn't like the fact that..."

You can go to an independent publisher and publish it under your own name. But that will cost you big bucks, and it likely won't be well distributed. You'll have to do all the "front" work by yourself. They'll deliver you a crate of books and you're on your own. But if you develop a "local following", who knows, there might become a "demand". Supply and demand is the name of the game in this society.

I have a half a book under my hat too... "163 Reasons Why..."

Annyeong. (Peace.)

G-man

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 12:35:20 AM PST
Freeze Frame says:
Hey BoMan...
I was talking to Emes yesterday and she mentioned the difficulty of everyone here trying to prove they are right and others are wrong. And the she said, "It's not about being RIGHT, it's about being REAL". If people would simply choose to be real, the world would be a better place. Tonight you became real to me. Actually, you've always seemed more real than most of the posters. Now I know why. It doesn't matter to me if you believe in God or not. It matters that you have lived your life with all of your heart, mind and spirit. And because of it, you're happy and live simply. That makes you real, and wiser than most, too. Sounds pretty close to God to me!
I posted this on another thread, but thought you might enjoy it:

Yesterday, God knocked on my door. When I answered, I noticed he had a book in His hand. He simply said, "I've decided it's time for a new version of the Bible. If you love my creation as much as I do, you'll love my idea in this new version."

I accepted the book and closed the door. When I opened God's new Bible, all of the pages were empty.

Freeze Frame

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 1:42:31 PM PST
Bo Man,
I think that you could sell it now. I could help you with getting it published. Know some people who would probaly love to see something on paper. Peace to my friend, jim

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 1:48:49 PM PST
James I says:
Why not change the names, get it published, become famous and let it "slip" out, if you feel the need to expose certain people for their actions.. That or stuggle to get your message to a handful of people instead of the masses available with a couple name changes. If the names are that important to the integrety of the book I guess you have no choice but to stick to your guns.. Unfortunately that may mean that your guns never fire.

I am a little jealous, after all, Kona has good coffee and I love good coffee.

Enjoy the sun ya lucky ... guy, you... It's really cold here right now.

PAX

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 1:54:45 PM PST
DTS says:
Bohemian man, have you ever see the movie Marjoe?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 5:21:51 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 5:25:52 PM PST
Bohemian Man says:
praxis,

yes indeed, i saw Marjoe and so should anyone else who questions the validity of pentacostalism! I only wish i'd seen it when it FIRST came out. It may have saved me alot of wasted years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 5:28:07 PM PST
Sassy Lady says:
If you are happy and contented - more power to you!

Just a few words on "speaking in tongues." My Christian circle taught that all we had to do was "ask" for this gift. I asked over, and over, but never received the "gift." I finally gave up.

I became very suspect of this so-called "gift." I noticed that everyone speaking this so-called heavenly language were saying the same few words over and over. God apparently has a very limited vocabularity. I have heard people speaking in tongues, using very few words, but the interpretation was long and used many complex words and ideas. I am convinced that people who do this have learned the "lingo" and know how to repeat it. It is all a self-deception. I've never heard a person speak a real language that they never learned. Yet, many believers are taught that this is what they are doing. Maybe it's harmless but it's just not true.

Good luck to you - wish you the best!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 6:19:02 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 6:51:40 PM PST
Sassy Lady says:
BO MAN

I just couldn't get you out of my mind after reading your life story. If I were fortunate enough to live near you and met you, I'd love to sit down with you and talk about you and your past expieriences - and how much I agree with you on your reasons for leaving the church.

Your past experiences and education would make you a fascinating man to get to know.

Don't get me started on TV evangelists. I am so sorry you had those bad experiences at Teen Challenge. That would test the faith of most people.

By - have a great life in beautiful Hawaii

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 10:50:15 PM PST
Bohemian Man says:
Sassy Lady,

Thanks for the kind words.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2008 5:32:52 PM PST
Bohemian Man says:
A bump for Mr. Wright's benefit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2008 8:00:07 PM PST
Joanne says:
Bohemian man,
I read your post, and have others where you've offered info about your past and I am left wondering if, during your minister days, did you ever have a longing for prayer? I've just never heard you talk about it. Before I get attacked by my Christian brethren, I know of a priest who disregards his obligation to pray and admitted that he "doesn't get the rosary".
It's my own personal experience that when you love someone very much, you want to spend all the time you can with them. Did you have that longing and personal relationship with Him? I ask because when I reverted to my faith, it took me a long time to achieve that and it does not come easily, it's rather foreign to someone who is not used to it.
Now, however, I could not imagine ever willingly giving that up. Did you have a hunger for prayer?
I'm probably not going to check back, I've discovered these forums just take up too much time, but I was skimming the topics and yours stuck out for some reason. If, however, your answer is "no", if you're ever interested in giving Jesus just one more try, I would suggest you pray the scriptural rosary, you can find several on-line. Omit those mysteries pertaining to Mary if you need to, it's the daily meditation on Jesus' life that's important. It's what brought me closer to loving to pray and what brought on some answers to prayers. I've been praying for you.
(I totally believe you about the fakes, but that doesn't mean there aren't those that aren't.) Thanks for your testimony.
Joann

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2008 9:40:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2008 9:41:13 PM PST
Bohemian Man says:
Joanne,

I guess you're not here anymore, but for those who are interested in my answer, it is YES. Prayer was a very big part of my life in those days. Did i ever have them answered? Well, things happened that i considered to be answers at the time ( much of it would have happened anyways most likely), but never anything you could really call supernatural.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2008 10:13:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2008 12:26:58 AM PST
Hawkes says:
Hi Bo,
Very interesting testimony. My Uncle was an old fashioned Pentecostal preacher and he told me there wasn't much fellowship with the new group. I believe he had the goods. He displayed the fruits consistantly for decades. I'm interested in what you were exposed to at Fuller. Have you ever attempted to refute the higher critics? I think you should wait to write your book. It will be so much better after you are reconciled to the Father. It sounds like you have a great life on the island. Did God call you to preach?
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